After snapping their five-game win streak last night, the Yankees will try to start another win streak tonight. Their opposition won't be easy with David Price taking the mound for Detroit, but they did manage to beat Chris Sale so I suppose anything can happen. Brett Gardner returns to the lineup after missing a couple games due to fouling a ball off his foot on Sunday. Strangely, he's batting eighth ahead of Francisco Cervelli. Jacoby Ellsbury has thrived in the leadoff spot in Gardner's absence, but it seems like putting him eighth is a bit of an overreaction. Leave Ellsbury first and bat Gardner elsewhere near the top. Or, here's an idea, move Jeter down in the lineup with his .517 OPS for the month of August.
Brian McCann serves as the DH tonight with Cervelli behind the plate. That puts Carlos Beltran in right field, so hopefully his elbow can remain intact. Martin Prado bats in Ellsbury's old #3 spot after carrying the team offensively over the weekend. No real complaints with that.
#Yankees lineup: Ellsbury 8, Jeter 6, Prado 4, Teixeira 3, Beltran 9, McCann DH, a Headley 5, Gardner 7, Cervelli 2— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) August 27, 2014
The Yankees were pretty busy this afternoon. Former Mets outfielder Chris Young was inked to a minor league deal by New York, likely meaning that we will see him when rosters expand on September 1st. Young hit .205/.283/.346 with eight home runs before his departure from the Mets this season. His 80 wRC+ and -0.6 fWAR sounds like exactly what this team needs.
yanks sign chris young to minor-league deal— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) August 27, 2014
Some minor league moves were also made as the MiLB season draws to a close. Alfredo Aceves was finally cut loose after spending time on the restricted list for testing positive for a banned substance. Corban Joseph was also released from the organization. His playing time in Triple-A this season was cut pretty short and he's really struggled to stay healthy. Not really a surprise that the Yankees don't see him in their future plans.
Three Triple-A moves: Alfredo Aceves reinstated and immediately released. Corban Joseph released. Adonis Garcia activated from DL. #yankees— Lohud Yankees Blog (@LoHudYankees) August 27, 2014
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